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Chapter 1 is a systematic analysis of Schmitt’s writings on the State. Galli’s reading reconstructs the internal logic of Schmitt’s theories of the State (clarifying concepts of liberalism, democracy, and constitutional theory along the way) while also externally contextualizing those theories in the history of the German State and the history of modern politics more generally. After explicating Schmitt’s thinking on the State during each phase of his thought, Galli then reviews Schmitt’s relations with contemporary theorists of the State (most notably Hans Kelsen and Max Weber) and situates Schmitt’s contributions within the history of modern political thought (relative to counterrevolutionary Catholicism, leftist revolutionaries, Hobbes, and Hegel).

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